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Local leaders should endorse governor’s tax-freeze plan

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How does it feel to live in a county that is on the list of highest property-taxed counties in the entire United States? Specifically, Schenectady County has the 12th highest property tax, as a percentage of home values, of the thousands of U.S. counties. But Gov. Cuomo has a solution. His tax commission program is offering a property tax freeze as part of a three-step program. In the first year, homeowners in jurisdictions that adopt ...

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March 16, 2014
7:48 a.m.

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NY has inside-out politics. You have a governor from the "big government" party who offers millions and millions of state $$$ to Upstate and Long Island towns, villages and school districts that are populated and governed by people of the "we hate big government" party to share, consolidate, merge and dissolve. The original offer is not only being ignored, but voted against by the taxpayers. So now the big gov't guy wants to sweeten the pot by offering the "hate big gov't" taxpayers lower taxes if they succeed in pressuring their "hate big gov't" elected officials to get rid of their town, village or school district and in return, he'll lower their taxes.
New Yorkers prove year after year that they really don't mind paying the egregious property taxes that they let their local politicians and school boards force on them. Because if they did mind, they'd do something about it. Instead they constantly vote themselves property tax increases when they vote (or don't vote) every May for school budgets, and they consistently elect those town, village and school district people who stand firm on keeping the layers and layers of local gov't in NY's Upstate counties.

I have met with and written to my "hate big gov't party" town supervisor about merging with the adjacent towns, or at least having the county take over the highway dept. and water dept., since all roads in the town are in the county and the county is the source for the water supply. The result was an unenthusiastic response about consolidation and merger. Soon after, the town built a new town highway dept. garage, at town taxpayer expense. So therein lies the root of the problem.